From a devoted correspondent, to whom multas gratias:

Pope set to bring back Latin Mass that divided the Church Pope Benedict XVI is understood to have signed a permission for priests to again celebrate the Mass used throughout the Church for nearly 1,500 years

I note:

It never was forbidden by Vat 2, which permitted English.  Very big deal, this.


The new indult would permit any priest to introduce the Tridentine Mass to his church, anywhere in the world, unless his bishop has explicitly forbidden it in writing.

Which puts ball in bishop’s court.  Cardinal Joseph Zen, of Hong Kong, is said to be the source.  (He does not have a book on motorcycle maintenance, by the way.)

“There have been false alarms before, not least because within the Curia there are those genuinely well-disposed to the Latin Mass, those who are against and those who like to move groups within the Church like pieces on a chessboard,” a source told The Times. “But hopes have been raised with the new pope. It would fit with what he has said and done on the subject. He celebrated in the old rite, when Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.”

This saves the 1962 missal from gathering dust:

In a lecture in 2001, Cardinal Ratzinger said that it would be “fatal” for the Missal to be “placed in a deep-freeze, left like a national park, a park protected for the sake of a certain kind of people, for whom one leaves available these relics of the past”.

The old mass has the priest with his back to the people  (I missed this earlier.)  Finally, a very important point:

The advantages of the Mass, according to [its supporters], are in its uniformity and the fact that movements and gestures are prescribed, so that there is no room for “personalisation.”

Yes!  Like personalization by the deacon who used to say at the end, “Go, the mass never ends” — his version of “Ite, missa est,” commonly translated, “Go, the mass is ended.”


Later: The Tridentine Mass-sayers who reject the Pope and Vatican 2 smell a rat in this indult business

  1. Any such "Indult" Mass would not be the Traditional Latin Mass, but the Modernized Mass of 1962, which implements four waves of Freemason Hannibal Bugnini's Modernism (1951, 1956, 1960, 1962) into the Traditional Latin Mass.
  2. Any such "Indult" Mass would continue to mix in elements of the invalid Novus Ordo service, as is the case with most "Indult" Masses today.
  3. The "Indult" Mass would continue to be infected with Novus Ordo service practices, such as using the Novus Ordo lectionary, giving the communion/cookie in the hand, using lay "ministers" and "ministresses," using "altar girls," eliminating the traditional Collect prayers and the Leonine prayers, transferring or eliminating traditional holydays, substituting Saturday "anticipated" Masses for Mass on the Lord's Day, virtually abolishing the traditional Eucharistic fast and traditional days of fast and abstinence.
  4. Any such "indult" would implicity deny the canonization of the apostolic Traditional Latin Mass in perpetuum by Pope St. Pius V acting for a Dogmatic Council.

Do not expect wholesale return to current Roman authority by these traditionalists.

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